Andy Roddick retired from professional tennis in September. (Getty Images)When Andy Roddick was asked what kind of shape he's in heading into Friday's tennis exhibition in Toronto, he joked, "Well round is a shape."
The 30-year-old American retired from professional tennis in September after being eliminated by Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Roddick says he's stuck pretty well to the detailed retirement plan he set out for himself prior to his final professional tournament appearance.
"A lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food and some booze occasionally," Roddick said. "I've been completely committed and the results have shown."
Roddick, Serena Williams, Milos Raonic and Agnieszka Radwanska will all take part in the second edition of The Face-Off at the Air Canada Centre, beginning with a mixed doubles match in which Raonic and Radwanska will take on Roddick and Williams. The men and women will then faceoff in separate singles matches. Some celebrity matches will also take place with the participants including CBC personality George Stroumboulopoulos and CFL commissioner Mark Cohon.
The last time Williams and Radwanska were on the court together was the 2012 Wimbledon final. Williams got the best of her Polish opponent, defeating Radwanska in three sets.
"It was a really good match, but I was just happy I could play three sets against her," Radwanska said of her loss to Serena at Wimbledon. "I'm really happy we can play here again so I'm going to take it very seriously."
When Roddick and Raonic last met in the final of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, Roddick became a YouTube sensation. Up 6-5 on Raonic in the third set, and on match point, the former world No. 8-ranked player hit a diving forehand winner that appeared to leave even himself in shock.
"Andy got the better of me last time we played — and not just to tennis fans — but I'm sure many people have seen that YouTube video," Raonic said. "I'm sure a lot of people know about it (the circus shot), so I just want to play well here especially being in Toronto. "
We'll see how out of shape Roddick really is and whether or not Raonic can get the best of his American counterpart.